On 05/09/2018, Lawrie Hallinan, AMPJP Executive Officer, was at the conference of the Canon Law Society of Australia and New Zealand. He took the opportunity to thank the Society and its members for their assistance to ministerial PJPs. He said there was strong interest at the AMPJP forum in August 2018 to working with the Canon Law Society on formation for trustees.
At the Annual Dinner during the conference, Rodger Austin was presented with the Owen Oxenham Award for services to the Society and to the Church.
A new Executive Committee was elected at the Canon Law Society AGM during the conference:
Ken Cafe ofm was elected as President of the Society. The Executive Committee holds office until the 2021 Annual Conference.
The Executive Committee has appointed Mr Greg Isaac as Company Secretary of the Society. Greg is also the Society’s Finance Administrator; he is the Financial Administrator of the Diocese of Lismore NSW.
A highlight of the conference was Sr Mary Wright’s paper “The Development of the Ministerial Public Juridic Person: questions and challenges”
The paper was well received by the gathered canonists with much discussion during question time. The paper will be available once it is published by the Canon Law Society.
Lawrie said some of the interesting points that he learnt from the paper and the following discussion were:
The organisation has also taken over the management of many communities and potentially, also their governance when/if the membership is finally unable to continue this responsibility.
Lawrie’s recollection of some issues in canon law related to ministerial PJPs:
Lawrie also noted some challenges from what Mary Wright said about ministerial PJPs within the Australian context: